“For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.”
The Rohingya, Myanmar’s largest Muslim minority, have a long history of terrible suffering in Myanmar. In 2017, the Tatmadaw unleashed a merciless campaign of murder, rape, and arson that drove over 742,000 Rohingya refugees to flee to Bangladesh. Years of false promises from military and civilian governments to alleviate their suffering have left many Rohingya feeling trapped and hopeless. Now, the NUG has called on the Rohingya to join them in resisting the military junta, promising them justice, full citizenship, and safe repatriation for refugees. Yet there is a better hope for the Rohingya: Though many Christians and ministry leaders in Myanmar despise Rohingya Muslims as their country does, some are actively sharing the Gospel and love of Jesus with them. This child, born to a Karen church-planter and Rohingya woman whose whole family has come to Christ, is a reminder of the hope of salvation and ethnic reconciliation in God’s heart for the Rohingya.
1. Pray for a radical shift in Myanmar so that the Rohingya will be treated with dignity and justice, recognized as a people created and loved by God.
2. Pray that many more Christ-followers in Myanmar would extend the love of Jesus to Rohingya Muslims, and that many more Rohingya would encounter Christ in their suffering and find hope in Him.